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The Building of the Day for Archtober 21, the third annual month-long festival of Architecture in New York, is a classic white swirl structure in the Upper East Side, the Guggenheim Museum!
The Guggenheim has a cylindrical shape that is wider at the top than at the bottom, with a skylight on its top. The idea was to bring an organic structure to an urban setting. The building is a beautiful mix of architecture and sculpture.
Photo via Gene L
The museum was designed by one of the most famous architectures of all time: Frank Lloyd Wright. It was established in 1939 and gained its current name after the death of its founder, Solomon R. Guggenheim. The building had many critics by architects and artists at the time it opened for its unusual swirl shape. Artists argued that the building not only ended up calling more attention than the works it displayed but also its organic swirl structure made it hard to hang work on walls. However, the building today is considered a timeless masterpiece.
Guggenheim has definitely become an iconic piece of Architecture and also to the city. Visiting the museum is on the schedule of most tourists that come to the city every year. Undoubtedly, visiting the museum is a great experience because you get the opportunity to simultaneously enjoy the art on the display and the magnificent building.
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